Local Fianna Fail Councillor, Charlie O’Connor has sought assurances from South Dublin County Council regarding the potential for disruption to events at Tallaght Stadium as expansion works get underway.

Cllr O’Connor raised the matter with Daniel McLoughlin, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council at the March meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee.

He said, “The construction of the new South Stand at Tallaght Stadium, which will allow for an additional 2,183 seats, is highly anticipated. This expansion is something I have campaigned for to date and will be a very welcome addition to the area this September.

“As is the case with any construction of this scale we must expect a certain degree of disruption, however, I have appealed to Council officials that there will be measures put in place to ensure that events being held at the stadium will not be affected.

“The multipurpose stadium in Tallaght hosts a range of community, regional and national events and its wonderful facilities make it a popular venue for activities – I would not like to see any of these events affected or postponed due to the works. The Council must therefore make every effort to put in place measures to avoid this happening.

“Health and Safety standards while carrying out the development are of the utmost importance and I have also been assured by the Council that these will be met and monitored very closely.

“When work is completed, this expansion has the potential to bring some 8,000 spectators to the home ground of Shamrock Rovers FC. This development is extremely important for our area and one which has widespread support,” he concluded.